Fight Traffic Ticket in Arkansas
Generally, to fight your AR traffic ticket, you must:
- Either appear in court on, or contact your court before, the “Plea and Arraignment" date printed on your ticket.
- Enter a not guilty plea.
- Prepare your case, possibly with help from a traffic ticket lawyer.
- Present your case in court.
- Receive your verdict.
If you're found "not guilty," you won't be held responsible for your traffic ticket fine or any violation-related penalties; if you're found "guilty," you must take care of all associated ticket fines and penalties.
Determine Where to Plead
You'll need to enter your not guilty plea to the Arkansas court in the county you received your traffic ticket. Check your ticket for this information.
You can also check the Arkansas Judiciary District Court's website for court contact information.
Inform the Court
Most courts in Arkansas allow you to either:
- Appear in court on your “Plea and Arraignment" date.
- Call your court on or before your “Plea and Arraignment" date to enter your not guilty plea. Once you enter your plea, you'll receive a trial date for your traffic ticket.
Reschedule or Postpone Your Hearing
To avoid problems, contact your court as soon as you know you can't make your hearing date.
NOTE: Failure to appear in court at the scheduled time/date or respond to your traffic ticket by the deadline date can result in additional penalties, including a driver's license suspension.
Consider hiring a traffic ticket attorney if you:
- Want assistance preparing and presenting your case, including gathering evidence and subpoenaing witnesses.
- Don't want to speak in court.
- Are open to a plea agreement.
- Are having trouble rescheduling or postponing your hearing.
- Want to appeal a guilty verdict.
- Are facing charges for committing a serious violation, such as driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.
In Arkansas, the Office of Driver Services will send you a warning letter if you've accumulated too many points on your driving records. Your warning letter should inform you of how many points you have left before your AR driver's license will be suspended.
You should check your driving record after your traffic ticket hearing to make sure:
- You received no points for your not guilty verdict.
- You received only the applicable number of points for your guilty verdict.
Learn more on our AR Driving Records page.
Often times, a guilty verdict means increased auto insurance rates the next time you renew your policy.
Talk with your agent and if you find out your rates will increase, consider shopping for lower rates now to get a jump on more affordable coverage.
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